Ebron Coming 'Home'

Signing with North Carolina on Wednesday was a mere formality for Eric Ebron.

"When you commit to a college, you feel like you finalized it," Ebron said. "Now it's just getting it on paper."

Almost a year ago, Ebron was talking about waiting until National Signing Day to make his decision. However, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end from Greensboro (N.C.) Smith surprised everyone by verbally committing in mid-March.

"I felt a lot of pressure," Ebron said. "I had a lot of colleges chasing after me. Balancing school and recruiting was tough, so I had to stop something. So I thought ‘Where is the best place to call home?'"

Ebron answered that question by pledging to UNC over schools like Alabama, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia.

"Coach ‘Mo' [Allen Mogridge] was an excellent salesperson," Ebron said. "He sold the college and it benefited me on the way."

Admittedly, Ebron would have liked to visit other schools during his recruitment.

"Honestly, I wanted to visit other schools, but I never could because of my parents' situation," Ebron said. "My mom works all the time and my dad lives in New Jersey, so it would have been tough to visit other schools.

"I'm not mad at that at all, because I'm glad I stayed committed to Carolina… Carolina was on top of everything and they always stayed organized. The coaches always made you feel like a friend and not a recruit."

Instead of visiting Ebron at his home in Greensboro, Butch Davis made his only allotted off-campus, in-contact visit with Ebron in New Jersey at his father's home.

"My mom had already met Coach Davis, so I wanted him to meet my dad," Ebron said. "My dad disapproved of my decision at first, because he lived in New Jersey so he wanted me to go to Rutgers... After he got to talk to Coach ‘Mo' and I explained to him what Carolina was about, he backed me up. After he got to meet Coach Davis, [my dad] was like ‘I really think that's a good place for you to go.'"

A couple of weekends ago, Ebron received an up-close look at UNC's student life when he visited close friends and January enrollees T.J. Thorpe and Marquise Williams.

"I've seen their rooms and everything," Ebron said. "I was loving it. We went to the mall, we chilled that night – it was fun."

However, Thorpe and Williams warned Ebron it wasn't all fun and games.

"Their first words were ‘Bro, it's hard,'" Ebron said. "They were like ‘This workout stuff, it's not easy.'"

While other signees will have to wait until the second summer semester to enroll, Ebron will graduate from Smith in time to enroll at UNC for the first summer semester.

"I plan on getting right to work and getting 20-30 pounds heavier," Ebron said. "I want to get on the field as soon as possible."

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